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Reviews 2199 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Junior

Weather: Consistently perfect weather. Chilly at night, warm during the day.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The area around campus has a bad rap, but it has a strong sense of community and it's located in LA where there's always something to do.

4 College Freshman

Majors: For my major, I have a required research component which means I have to spend one whole semester at least participating in on or off campus research at one of the many hospitals and health centers. I also have many opportunities for internships that I am planning on taking advantage of during summer.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There is a parking lottery at USC for the very spots that are available so it can be very difficult to even get a spot. The permits are also very expensive with most costing at least $400 a semester.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I had already declared my major, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, when I applied to USC. This made the process so much easier because by the time I came for my orientation over summer, my adviser already had my four year course plan printed out and spent time with me going over different possible options on how to graduate and when to graduate. He also set it up by having me take the majority of my General Education classes the first year so I could easily switch majors if I needed to.

2 College Junior

Parking: I usually take the bus to school but I have heard that parking can be difficult and the permit is expensive

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is extensive use of alcohol and marijuana but both are done recreationally

2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The school campus is beautiful but the surrounding area is scary.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was not offered nearly as much financial aid in my second year as my first, suggesting that USC lures freshmen with an attractive package, only to leave them hanging in later years. Some financial aid people I have spoken to were helpful, but others did not seem to know what they were talking about.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: I am a graduate student in the online program and financial aid is very very low. All you get is a loan, and it does not cover your full tuition once you become full time

4 College Junior

Diversity: In my classes, diversity is an especially important topic. Bensimon, an influential USC professor has written on the topic. Of particular interest is the Diversity Scorecard, and how USC fares. I enjoy learning through the lens of other minority and underrepresented students.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is proud to be among the first places in the nation with great diversity, both in students, international students, transfer students and faculty. You literally meet people from all over the world.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: There is a very wide variety in study areas, as a student you are able to wonder out and maybe pursue a minor, for the options are plenty. The prestige of the school opens doors to the professional field. The instructors are great, and the program is amazing.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Like all good Greek colleges there are plenty of Frat/ Sorority parties. School offers a free transportation service pretty much all night. Aside from that, Downtown LA is very close on the metro, for all the 21+

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It is very intense. The best part of the program is its interaction with the urban context of the city. Our instructors are practitioners with many years of experience on an ever changing field.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: located in LA's South Central its a bit dangerous.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are a wide range of options. from fine dinning to coffee shops, and even gluten free zones.

5 College Junior

Athletics: USC football is a huge event on campus. most of the student body is involved with the athletics department

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Los Angeles has a wide variety of night life options for both the under 21 and above 21 crowd.

4 College Senior

Academics: USC Academics are top notch. There is a reason why USC was ranked as one of the nation's top universities.

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3 College Senior

Facilities: For the most part, USC's facilities are state of the art, especially the new buildings that are being constructed. However, one thing they should really consider upgrading is the gym. It looks like they haven't upgraded it since USC opened

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: If you enjoy the Greek lifestyle, USC is for you. Social life is centered around Greek life.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: In term of USC's major sports, we had a pretty down year last year, but there are still die hard fans that come out and support their teams no matter what. Especially at USC tailgates, you truly see what sort of camaraderie there is among USC students and alumni. Great atmosphere and great program

5 College Junior

Majors: I love it. It's a little hectic schedule-wise and I've had a few not so great professors, but for the most part it's been excellent and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else in comparison.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It varies depending on your experience and how risky you are about doing illegal activities. Generally, the campus is strict. It keeps things under control.

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BJ Grip
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Students from Southern California usually love USC from the beginning and strengthen their bonds with the school as time passes. Students who travel to USC from longer distances tend to adapt more slowly, dealing at first with the culture shock that inevitably comes with a first impression of LA. Universally, those who can survive the transition into the USC way of life fall in love with the school after first semester. Typically, students entering school with a skeptical mind-set ends up getting the most pride out of being a Trojan. At the very least, they come away with a new affinity toward college football.

The opportunities on campus are plentiful, and in LA, opportunities are endless. Time flies for everyone at USC, and changes in living conditions, academic standards, and career goals come quicker than newcomers might expect. USC graduates are sure to look back on a college experience that could not have been offered anywhere else. Basically, the more that students are willing to explore the opportunities available to them, the more they endorse the idea that USC is the perfect school for its time and place.

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